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July, 2019 

Volume XXIll 

Midwest Computer Genealogists will meet at 9:30 
a.m. on Saturday, July 20 in Bromwell Lounge at 
Brookdale Foxwood Springs in Raymore, Missouri. 
Our speaker will be Delmar (Del) Sherwood, who 
has served as the Webmaster for the Foxwood 
residents’ website,, since 
December, 1999. Our site went online in March, 
2000 and will celebrate its 20" anniversary in March 
of next year.Del will discuss “Publishing Books on 
Amazon” and will discuss some of his family’s 
genealogical research. 

Del and Beverly Sherwood grew up in Canton, 
Illinois near Peoria. He worked for an insurance 
company for many years in Wisconsin, Illinois, 
Michigan, and Pennsylvania. The Sherwoods met 
Foxwood residents, Dan and Dagmar Merrick, in 
Milwaukee, where Dan was the pastor in the church 
which Del and Bev attended. There friendship has 
continued through many years and, at times, many 
miles of separation. Dan Merrick introduced our 
Computer Club to Del when we needed a webmaster 
to develop and manage our residents’ web site. Our 
Website Committee met weekly for many months 
and then monthly to create this site. Del is an 
excellent Webmaster and has dedicated many hours 
to this project, for which we are very grateful. 

Del’s wife, Beverly, has participated for many years 
in a writer’s group. The participants in this group 
share their writing and provide critical feedback for 
other members of the group. Beverly, an avid 
Chicago Cubs fan, has also written some material 
about her favorite team. 

Del published the current book, Zayilla,a paper back 
at present, on Amazon on May 25, 2019. He also 
plans to publish the book in digital form. 

“This story begins in the final years of the Great 

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Depression. Zayilla lives in a shack with her 
grandmother, Rose, who ignores the girl’s existence. 
Also in the three room shack is the primary occupant, 
Grandmam, Zayilla’s great grandmother. As Zayilla 
starts school, she is unaware of hygiene, proper 
clothing, or her lack of social skills, but she yearns to 
have parents. Who are her mother and father? Where 
are they?” ( 

Del says, “My wife, Beverly, and [have been married 
for 68 years. She is the author of Zayilla, a novel 
available on Amazon. Together, we cherish the 
memories of our many plane and automobile trips to 
cities and National Parks in the United States and 
Canada. For 25 years, we went downtown for Kansas 
City Symphony concerts, live Opera, and Theater. 
Our advice to our kids is: “do what you can while 
you can. If a person is still able to do some 
interesting things, it’s okay to be old.” Other than 
problems with balance, my health is not a major 

Most days I turn on my computer as soon as I finish 
morning rituals. At one time, I created and 
maintained and updated 25 to 30 websites, but now 
I’m down to seven. Other than websites, I help 
people with computer problems by remotely 
connecting my computer to their computers, using 
the Internet. Some days, I get no calls for help, but 
other days, I am on the phone most of my waking 
hours. It was a challenge to get Bev’s book published 
on Amazon for sale world-wide”. 

As family researchers, we are all anxious to find the 
best ways to preserve the results of our investigation. 
Data bases of family births, marriages, deaths, are 
valuable tools for preserving the basic information, 
but we also need to preserve our family research in 
an accessible format that will inspire our current 
family members and future generations to become 
involved in this work and to commit themselves to 
its continuation and preservation for the benefit of 

our families at present and for many years in the 
future. Join us on July 20 to see how we might 
publish our family histories conveniently and 
economically. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Al Morse 

Iam writing about Charles McDaniel again. In 2012, 
I introduced you to the three Charles McDaniels that 
were related to my wife, Dorothy (Newcomb) Morse. 
In September, 2018, updated some wonderful news, 
but, I now have some new news and some 
corrections to make. 

The first Charles J. McDaniel was reportedly born on 
March 10, 1893 in Miller County, Missouri. But, 
according to his WWI registration card in Miller 
County, his birth date is shown as March 10, 1894. It 
is still true that he joined the army, was shipped to 
France, and was killed on July 14, 1918. Charles had 
an older brother, James, Dorothy’s grandfather. 

James married Lillie Ethel Burke on August 11, 1913 
in Miller County. Their third child was named 
Charles Hobert McDaniel. According to records we 
had been given, his birth date was December 6, 1918. 
According to the 1920 and 1930 U.S. Census reports, 
that date looked correct. However, on his Bates 
County, Missouri, World War II registration card, he 
lists his birth date as December 6, 1917. This is the 
official birth date on all of his military and death 

Charles served as a medic in WWII from 1940 to 
1945. He reentered the army in 1948. He was 
shipped to Japan in 1949. His wife, Gladys, and two 
sons, Charles, Jr. and Larry, also went to Japan. Most 
of the married soldiers families were in Japan. The 
soldiers were given breaks to go from Korea to Japan 
for a few days. Charles was in the battle of Unsan in 
North Korea when he was declared MIA on 
November 2, 1950. After the war ended, he was 
declared dead. 

In the summer of 2018, there were 55 skeletal bodies 
returned to the United States from North Korea. One 

body had a dogtag with it. That dogtag belonged to 
Charles Hobert McDaniel. His two sons, Charles Jr. 
and Larry went to Washington D.C., where they were 
presented the dogtag and several other medals 
belonging to their father. The two boys were only 3 
and 2 in 1950 when their father died. Charles Jr. does 
remember the trip back to Hawaii following his 
father's report of being MIA. The sons were 
interviewed by many TV stations during their time in 
Washington D.C. They then were sent to Hawaii, 
where all of the 55 bodies were sent for positive 
identification. The body of Charles Hobert McDaniel 
was positively identified and the sons were given 
some time alone with the body. The family held a 
memorial service on October 27, 2018 in 
Greenwood, Indiana. The sister of Charles Hobert 
McDaniel, Wilma Jean, was able to attend the 
service. She was driven to the service from Adrian, 
Missouri by her two daughters. Also Gladys, 
Charles's wife, was in attendance, along with her two 
sons. However, she could not remember the occasion 
the next day. 

As reported in the MCG Newsletter of June, 2019, I 
had the privilege of going to Adrian on May 27, the 
Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. At their 
Veterans’ Memorial, Charles H. McDaniel, Jr. spoke 
to those gathered there. During the day, I got to see 
and hold the dogtag. I was also shown a book that 
showed the identification of Charles Hobert 
McDaniel. In the book, it was reported that his body 
was positively identified by the DNA given by 
Dorothy J. Morse. Dorothy was a niece of Charles 
McDaniel. About the year 2000, she was asked to 
give a DNA sample. The government, in an effort to 
identify any bones of soldiers that they found that 
had been listed as MIA, were trying to find female 
relatives of those soldiers. When someone arrived at 
our house, she answered some questions, filled out 
some forms, and gave a blood DNA sample. 
Dorothy, who died January 3, 2019, would have been 
proud and thankful that her DNA sample helped to 
identify her mother's brother. 

I am writing this article to show that we do not 
always have the correct information on our ancestors’ 
genealogical records. We must always try to make 
sure all records are correct. 

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Content has been removed from the archived version of this newsletter which is 
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International License. 

Marjorie Slavens 

My mother, Mildred Welty Slavens (1910-2008), 
was designated the “family historian” in the early 
‘70s by her three younger sisters. They told her that, 
since she was the oldest of five children, it was her 
responsibility to research the family records and 
preserve the data. She knew very little about her 

ancestors when she began this project. She knew 
three of her grandparents, her father’s mother, 
Catharine Mary Eppright Welty (1848-1928), and her 
mother’s father and step mother, Charles Merlin Kerr 
(1863-1962) and Millie Bain Richardson Kerr 1872- 
1959. Catharine Welty lived on a farm 8 miles west 
of Jasper, Jasper County, Missouri, where her 8 
children grew up, and she and her husband, Henry 
Welty (1837-1911) are buried in the Nashville, 
Barton County, Missouri Cemetery with their 
daughters, Mary and Nettie Welty Derr. Mother, who 
grew up in Kansas City Kansas, knew the Kerrs very 
well; she visited them at their home in Asbury, 
Jasper County, Missouri during the summer, and it 
was there that she met my father, Ralph Westmeier 
Slavens, (1907-1983) who was living with his 
grandmother, Laura Hesler Slavens Hesler, in Asbury 
in the summer of 1930. Mother was born in Kansas 
City, Missouri 6 months before her grandfather, 
Henry Welty, died in June, 2011. He traveled from 
the Soldiers’ Home in Leavenworth, Kansas _ to 
Kansas City, Missouri to see her, but her parents had 
taken her to see the Kerrs in Asbury, and he never 
saw her. 

Mother regretted that she had not asked her parents 
and grandparents about more of the family history, 
but she was determined to find the answers through 
her family research. The Kerrs talked a great deal 
about some of their experiences in Medoc and 
Asbury, Missouri, but they did not talk much about 
their ancestors. Mother knew about the Eppright 
name but nothing about her grandmother’s parents 
and brothers and sisters. She knew Henry Welty 
came from Ohio, but she did not know in what 
county or anything about his parents and brothers and 
sisters when she began her research. She had a Kerr 
family Bible, in which Charles’ father, John Kerr, 
had written the names and dates of his three wives 
and 17 children, but she knew almost nothing about 
any of these people. 

When she began her research, the resources and data 
were much more difficult to find, and Mother was 
determined to find this information and to preserve 
it. She did most of her early research at the St. Louis 
Public Library and here at the Mid-Continent Library 
when she visited this area. We made many trips to 

libraries, court houses, cemeteries, genealogical 
societies, etc. in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio 
Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and she found 
some of her information during several visits to the 
DAR Library in Washington D. C. 

She published her first two books in 1981. Her first 
edition of the Peter Welty Family History, which had 
about 100 pages on the Weltys, and had two pages 
at the end of the book on the Eppright family of her 
grandmother. Her second book had about 50 pages 
on the Kerr family with two pages on the family of 
her maternal grandmother, Elzina H. Heape (1869- 
1895), who died in New Mexico. She typed these 
books on the manual Royal typewriter my parents 
gave me when I graduated from high school in 1954. 
This typewriter traveled with me to college in 
Columbia, Missouri, Tallahassee, Florida, and to my 
first college teaching job in Oxford, Ohio. I 
purchased an electric typewriter when I began 
working on my Ph.D., and Mother typed my 
dissertation of 326 pages on that typewriter. I took it 
to Rockford, Illinois for my second teaching job, and 
she inherited the Royal typewriter, a much more 
difficult task than using computers and online 
publishing. We had about 30 copies of each book 
duplicated and bound with hard covers. We 
assembled the books but did not physically publish 
them. I donated copies of these books to the York 
County, Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, the St. 
Louis Public Library, where she had worked doing 
this research, and the Mid-Continent Library. 
Members of the family received them by mail. 

The second edition of the Peter Welty Family book 
had about 200 pages. Mother recorded the material, 
and I typed it on my first computer, an Apple IIE 
computer, but the print was really not very good. The 
printing department at the college where I taught 
collated it and bound it. Most of the copies were 
acceptable, but some books had pages that were 
upside down, and we could not distribute them. 

The third edition of the Welty book, now more than 
300 pages, and first editions of books on the 
Epprights, the second edition of the Kerrs, and the 
first editions of the Crafords of Ohio and Illinois, the 
family of Charles Merlin Kerr’s mother, Elizabeth 

Crawford Branin Kerr, and the Heapes of Maryland, 
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, and Missouri 
were published in the 1990s. By that time, we used a 
Windows computer with a lazer printer, and we were 
able to find our own books. In Raymore, the books 
we produced were duplicated by the UPS store, 
which did a wonderful job. Pictures in these later 
books were placed on pages for duplication. She also 
publish the Welty Family Letters, a short book of 
pictures and letters from the 1860-1890 period. 

How much easier and better are the books one can 
now publish with better printers and the insertion of 
pictures directly in the text. Beginning in the 1990s, 
we used clear plastic covers with comb binding. All 
of the members of our family have their own copies 
of the books. 

Because Mother started researching online in 1996 
with a computer I gave her for her 86" birthday, she 
was able to gather more information from home.She 
also provided a great deal of information and sold 
some books for the cost of producing them 
throughout the country to people that she was never 
able to meet but met online. We contributed the 
various editions to different libraries, which do not 
have the funds to purchase such family books but are 
always very glad to receive them for the use of their 
visitors who are researching these families. We were 
able to create books on the Adams, Cocghnower, 
Miller, Brumbaugh, Tefertiller, Slavens, Hesler, 
Westmeier, and Gilman families, and some 
smaller books on related families, but we have not 
published them yet. 


The Fourth of July is a major holiday in the United 
States to celebrate the day in 1776 that the 
Declaration of Independence was adopted by the 
Continental Congress.The Continental Congress 
declared that the thirteen American colonies were no 
longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of 
Britain and were now united, free, and independent 
states. The Congress had voted to declare 
independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was 
not declared until July 4. 

Independence Day is commonly associated with 
fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, 
picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, 
political speeches, and ceremonies, in addition to 
various other public and private events celebrating 
the history, government, and traditions of the United 

During the American Revolution, the legal separation 
of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain in 1776 
actually occurred on July 2, when the Second 
Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution 
of independence that had been proposed in June by 
Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, declaring the United 
States independent from Great Britain's rule.After 
voting for independence, Congress turned its 
attention to the Declaration of Independence, a 
statement explaining this decision, which had been 
prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas 
Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated 
and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally 
approving it two days later on July 4. A day earlier, 
John Adams had written to his wife, Abigail: “The 
second day of July 1776, will be the most memorable 
epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe 
that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations 
as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be 
commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn 
acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be 
solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, 
games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and 
illuminations, from one end of this continent to the 
other, from this time forward forever more” Adams's 
prediction was off by two days. From the outset, 
Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the 
date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of 
Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the 
resolution of independence was approved in a closed 

session of Congress. ( 

Note: Join us on Saturday, August 17, when Julia 
Morse will present “Finding Your Ancestors’ Stories 
Al Morse, President 

Free Online”. 
Byron Gilbreath, Treasurer 

Marjorie Slavens, Programs, Newsletter Editor